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April 2018

The U.S. Exchange Visitor Program: Opportunities for Non-USG Entities to Host Their Own International Exchange Programs

The U.S. Exchange Visitor Program has 13 categories for privately-funded, non-USG exchange programs. Join us to learn from Ms. Karen Hawkins, Director, Office of Private Sector Exchange Designation, U.S. Department of State, will highlight the size, scope, and profile of the program! Karen Hawkins has been with the Department of State and the Exchange Visitor Program for over twenty-five years. Karen has worked on all aspects of the Program, including program analyst for the secondary school student, teacher, post-secondary student,…

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Rethink Health Care Spending: Are You (and Your Employees) Getting Your Money’s Worth?


The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, is proud to present the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series. Join us on 20 April for a presentation by Elizabeth Teisberg, Ph.D.Executive Director, Value Institute for Health and Care at Dell Medical School, McCombs School of Business.  Does health care spending seem uncontrollable and ineffective? Are you and your employees adrift in an ever-shifting landscape of legislation, mergers, rising costs, and ineffective…

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May 2018

Seventh Annual Texas-EU Business Summit

May 8 @ 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
San Jacinto Meeting Rooms, 309 E 21st St, Austin, TX, 78712, United States. + Google Map

In its 7th year, the Texas-EU Business Summit is the premier event for Texas businesses, entrepreneurs and economic development professionals seeking to expand their footprint in Europe. Texas is already the largest exporting state to the European Union. The summit builds on that footprint, focusing on promoting the international trade capacity of Texas businesses and economic development organizations while creating greater awareness regarding the benefits of exporting. The Texas-EU Business Summit sessions are led by business leaders, trade and investment…

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Vietnam & Southeast Asia Business Briefing

$10 - $20

Join us for a briefing on Vietnam and Southeast Asia by US-ASEAN Business Council and Becamex IDC. They will present on business opportunities and resources for entrepreneurs looking to expand to Vietnam and Southeast Asia.  Who should attend? • Manufacturers • Supply Chains Enterprises (packaging, components, parts) • Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare Related Industries • High-Tech, Electrical & Home Appliances • Electronic & Telecommunication Equipment, IT, Gaming, Software • Food & Agri-Business (machinery, processing technology, animal feed) • Property Developers (retail, condo, hospitality, entertainment, sports)…

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InnoSTARS Competition and the 3rd Annual US China Innovation & Investment Summit

The World Affairs Council of Austin is a returning partner organization for the 2018 InnoSTARS Competition and the 3rd Annual US China Innovation & Investment Summit in Houston 14-15 May 2018.   Over 200 US companies and 300 Chinese investors will be attending the Summit in Houston. Innovative companies have until May 4th to apply and compete for prize money, an all-expense paid trip to China, and specialized business matchmaking. For company qualifications and deadline details visit the InnoStars website:…

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Governor’s Business Forum and Small Business Awards Luncheon


The World Affairs Council of Austin along with the Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos (AEM-Austin) & the Office of Governor Greg Abbott presents the Governor’s Business Forum on 15 May 2018.  Join corporate executives, entrepreneurs,  community leaders, and government officials working to strengthen business relationships, recognize corporate excellence and promote business growth in Texas. In addition to the Governor’s Small Business Awards Luncheon, Forum attendees will learn how to do business with the state of Texas; how to enhance your business…

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Beyond Borders: Business Opportunities for Exporters

Tap into the global marketplace by unleashing the power of exporting! Learn how to Increase Working Capital; Enter new markets; Close more export sales and Spread the risk. Hear from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of the Governor, Texas Department Of Agriculture, U.S. Commercial Services & UTSA SBDC International Trade Center about your Export Opportunities on 17 May at 9:00 am in the State Capitol.      SIGN UP here:  Please follow and like us:

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World Spins Series: China, Innovation and Us

Join us for China, Innovation and Us featuring David Firestein, founding director, China Public Policy Center.  Throughout his career, Firestein has played an active role advancing U.S.-China and U.S.-Asia trade. He has also produced path-breaking thought leadership, scholarship and Capitol Hill testimony on a range of topics, including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, U.S.-China infrastructure investment cooperation, and the role of national exceptionalism as a driver of major international conflict today. Firestein is native Austinite who speaks Mandarin at near-native…

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June 2018

Investor Education Forum for Consumer Products Industry


The World Affairs Council of Austin’s Center for Global Trade is a partner organization with SKU, the premiere accelerator for the growing consumer products (CPG) industry. The consumer products (CPG) industry is hot, and emerging CPG brands present an opportunity for investors, at every stage of the game, to profitably diversify their portfolios.  For investors at every stage of the game, emerging CPG brands present an opportunity for a profitably diversified portfolio. However, understanding how to pick winning CPG companies and knowing…

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Consumer Product Showcase Pitch Event


The World Affairs Council of Austin’s Center for Global Trade is a partner organization with SKU, the premiere accelerator for the growing consumer products (CPG) industry. Seven amazing startups and their 60 Mentors have been hard at work preparing the SKU 6 companies to scale. We’re excited to celebrate their progress and listen to their visions for the path ahead. SKU companies will take the stage to tell their brand stories and make time afterward to meet and greet interested investors and community…

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